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Is this finally a successful revitalization of an old series? Classic Nigel (150) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the voice or video acting. 3.9
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.0
Graphics The visual quality of the game 4.0
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 4.1
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.9
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 4.0
Overall User Score (44 votes) 4.0

Critic Reviews

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Sharkberg (Sep 09, 2015)
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is a masterpiece of a game. Not just for what it inspired (a whole generation of games involving easy climbing, running, and jumping), but because it is just a damn solid game on its own merits. Combining lighting-fast, frustration free platforming puzzles with a clever story and well presented script, there is very little to dislike about this game, even nearly ten years after its release. It has since been re-released on the PS3 as the entire trilogy in HD, which I highly suggest picking up if you haven’t played any of these games before.
The Next Level (USA) (Dec 23, 2003)
The best part of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is that when I was finished playing it, I felt like I'd finished something that couldn't possibly have been any better than it was. The graphics are perfect, the sound is perfect, the gameplay is perfect, and it's the perfect length (10-15 hours). Playing the game, you will realize not only that you're playing something that a group of people put a lot of time and work into, but that they loved what they were making, and wanted the player to as well. They succeeded, and that's the highest compliment I can give any developer.
100 (GAF) (Dec 10, 2003)
Prince of Persia: The Sand of Time lives up to its vaulted heritage. Ubi Soft Montreal has created its crowning (pun intended) achievement; no small feat considering their last project was Splinter Cell. Must Have. Must Own. Must Play.
1UP (Dec 23, 2003)
An inevitable sequel could be even better, though. Here, the camera sometimes hops around at inopportune times, and the frustration factor can get extremely high if you don't immediately notice a key element to your goal. But those are minor complaints. Try stacking them against a wonderful fighting engine (I enjoyed the long battles—very satisfying), captivating story, and absolutely breathtaking graphics. Best of all, you'll want to show off Prince of Persia to friends, family, whoever, because of its strong cinematic presentation. Get this game.
100 (Mar 24, 2004)
Prince of Persia is not only one of the best looking games out on the Xbox, but it is a real enjoyment to play. I think I have said all that I need to say about the game so far. I do want to mention that the game is a tad bit short so if that makes you a little nervous you may want to rent it. From there you can make up your mind if it belongs in your library or not after you spend some time with it.
Just Adventure (Dec 16, 2003)
This game will definitely change and influence future platform games. It raises the bar in much the same way Grand Theft Auto 3 revolutionized car chase games. Although the game is a little on the short side - about 12 hours - it is the best 12 hours of gaming you will ever get for your money. The Xbox version we played also includes an added bonus - the original Prince of Persia 1 and 2. Also included are several documentaries on the making of the game. As for replay value, this is a game that is a pleasure to not only play repeatedly, but to also watch others play. From graphics to sound to music to plot to gameplay, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time is the best console game of 2003.
Extreme Gamer (Dec 08, 2003)
Prince of Persia is a game that you can't put down. You'll save your game with the intention of going to eat/sleep/whatever, and decide to take a peek at the next trap or area. Three hours later you're still sitting there working on the latest puzzle. It's rare that a game can draw you in and keep you like that, but POP is that kind of rarity.
GamePro (US) (Nov 06, 2003)
A generous amount of mind-teasing puzzles completes this trip to Persia. As in previous Prince of Persia games, you must figure out how to unlock gates and get past deadly traps using your brain rather than your brawn. These challenges aren't too hard, nor are they too easy they're made just right and fit well throughout the entire game.
XboxAddict (Dec 07, 2003)
I really don't have any suggestions to Ubisoft for making this game better. They fulfilled all my hopes for the game and gave a little more then I hoped. By adding the first two Prince of Persia games they made lots of fans of the series happy. My only suggestion would be is if they make another game, to make it as well made as Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time was made.
Game Chronicles (Dec 30, 2003)
Regardless of which system you own this is a game that should be in everyone’s gaming library. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is a landmark achievement in game design starting with the addictively fun core gameplay, instinctive controls, then rounding out the package with gorgeous visuals, stunning special effects, and professional sound work.
Daily Game (2004)
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is one of the "must have" games of the year. Every thing about this game is fantastic, from the beautiful graphics to the well-planned level designs to the smoothness of the controls. Some games focus on graphics and effects, while others concentrate more on the story and gameplay. This is one of those rare offerings that proves a game can have it all.
Armchair Empire, The (Dec 09, 2003)
The holiday season is creeping up from around the corner, and is technically already here. Prince of Persia is among the few games to be released this holiday season to be considered as a “must buy”. With around 10-15 hours of play, outstanding music, the best gameplay system ever conceived, and the two original Prince of Persia’s included…you will certainly get your money’s worth with the Prince. If you consider yourself a die-hard action gamer, or even an occasional gamer, there is no reason why Prince of Persia shouldn’t be in your collection.
Prince of Persia: Sands of time is the adventure game that doesn’t get bogged down by too many genre clichés and the platformer that plays more like an adventure game. The wide appeal and brilliant execution of the title makes this game a must own.
This game just brings a lot of fun factor to anyone that wants to pick it up and play. Unlike Knights of the Old Republic you don't have to be a fan of the series or into deep RPGs in order to play Prince of Persia: Sands of Time (same goes for The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker). The comparisons to ICO are striking, but this is simply the better game between the two...that's something I never thought I would say. If you can only get one game before Thanksgiving or for Christmas, make this the one even if you have a Playstation 2 or GameCube. UbiSoft Montreal and Jordan Mechner should be proud of their accomplishments. They have brought a classic series to the 3D world almost seamlessly. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is just a fantastic game and you will enjoy it. Will this turn out to be the Game of the Year? We shall see...there's still a lot of good games on the horizon.
IC-Games (Dec 17, 2003)
There is so much more that can be talked about with this game, but I don’t want to spoil it. The graphics and the sound alone are enough to rack this one up as a must-buy. It’s the gameplay that will keep you playing. Throughout the course of this write-up, all I could think about was how badly I wanted to play Prince of Persia again. I hope by the time this is over, you are asking yourself “Golly-gee willakers! Is it really THAT good?” The answer is most certainly and without a doubt “YES!” Honestly, if you don’t have it already, do yourself a favor and go pick it up. If it’s not THE game of the year, it’s certainly tied for first.
Game Over Online (Nov 25, 2003)
Those problems aside, however, Sands of Time is excellently produced, with intuitive, responsive controls, a deep, engaging storyline and immersive sound. Not only does Prince of Persia: Sands of Time live up to the legacy of the Prince of Persia series, it pushes it in new directions, easily establishing a stake for Game of the Year honors. Simply put, if you own a console or a PC, do yourself a favor and pick this game up. You won’t be disappointed at all.
Lawrence (Nov 17, 2003)
In the end, this game is perhaps my personal favorite of the year. This is a game you just can't put down. Constantly, I found myself just thinking "go to the next save point and then go to bed." But you can't do that. Ultimately, this is an addictive game that is beautiful to look at and extremely fun to play.
GameZone (Nov 26, 2003)
Are you tired of the same old junk? Are you sick of being able to finish an adventure game with your eyes covered and your hands tied behind your back? Do you miss the days when a strategy guide almost felt necessary?
IGN (Nov 10, 2003)
"Wow!" We must have uttered this single word to ourselves on 100 different occasions during the time we spent playing through Ubi Soft's masterful new action-adventure, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. This breathtaking 3D sequel to creator Jordan Mechner's classic titles is very faithful to its predecessors and simultaneously new and innovative in remarkably creative ways. It bears some resemblance to other outstanding adventure games such as Ico and yes, even Zelda, but mostly it's a spectacular extension -- in, fact, the evolution of -- the Prince of Persia franchise. It's also one of the very best titles of the year.
PGNx Media (Nov 19, 2003)
Prince of Persia: Sands of Time is an excellent game. It’s a noteworthy contender for Game of the Year, to say the least. The visuals are excellent, sound is fantastic, gameplay is solid. Overall, it’s a must have this holiday season.
Every once in awhile, a game comes along that you can't miss out on. The Sands of Time is one of those games. The story is completely satisfying, the graphics are amazing, the gameplay and sound are near perfect, and the atmosphere is like no other. Sure, the game has a couple flaws, but it's nothing that you can't look forward to in the next installment of PoP. Some people may not choose to buy it due to its short gameplay time, but these people should at least rent the game to play through it. For people like myself that like to build a good collection of solid titles, this is a must-have.
Deeko (2003)
The presentation is also stellar, with dramatic camera angles and incredibly entertaining vocal performances that enhance the experience a hundredfold. Though the length of the game may rouse the senses of some naysayers, the game itself and the features that can be unlocked are completely worthwhile. The only real problem I had was with the sound and even then it wasn't something that irritated me to any great degree. In the end, Ubisoft managed to capture the essence of what the original Prince of Persia was all about and this game is a true gem and one experience that simply cannot be missed. This is the game for 2003, no doubt about that.
With The Sands of Time, Ubisoft is hoping for the ultimate old-school update – a marker for other companies looking to resurrect old franchises. I think it has done the job perfectly, but that includes some of the faults that Jordan Mechner’s original creations also had. For me, the PoP games were frustrating beyond belief – but I was always compelled to continue in the journey. The Sands of Time plays the same way for me. Going through the platforming sections is an act of precise execution, and some of the combat-oriented rooms required a massive amount of retries on my part. I don’t mean to say that this level of difficulty is bad, because it actually inspired me to get to the next level more than an easier action title would have.
95 (Feb 16, 2004)
Prince Of Persia a tout pour lui, d'une beauté renversante et accrocheur. Le plus impressionnant, c'est qu'en réalité, le gameplay est basique, pas du tout révolutionnaire et pourtant tellement riche. C'est l'essence même du jeu qui a simplement été magnifiée. Qu'ajouter de plus ?
2003 was a great year for Ubisoft. Prince of Persia: Sands of Time was just one example of their successes. How does our nameless royal hero stack up against the other giants Ubisoft created? Let's just say that this game won't be left in the sands. Prince of Persia: Sands of Time is a next part of the Prince of Persia series, the nearly famous series that started in the 16-bit era. The series eventually saw Prince of Persia 3D, which really stunk. However, this game finally gives “honor and glory"? back to the series. In the original Prince of Persia game, you had to avoid traps and fight evil soldiers, all while saving the beautiful princess. In Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, the main objective is to avoid traps and to fight evil sand creatures, while saving the beautiful princess Farah. PoP is a nearly perfect 3D translation of the 2D classic.
Jolt (UK) (Dec 05, 2003)
In the simplest terms, Sands of Time is just a great game. It's only a shame that once it's over it's over. It's certainly a highly recommendable purchase.
Gamer Within (Jul 30, 2005)
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is a great game. There are very few faults with the game. Ubisoft have made an excellent game here, all adventure fans will love this game. The Sands of Time could possibly be the best adventure game of 2003.
Xbox Gazette (Feb 17, 2004)
Prince of Persia mélange avec justesse et réussite les genres d'aventure, de plate-forme, de réflexion et de combats. Contrôler le prince se fait naturellement et procure d'intenses satisfactions lors de la réussite de passages difficiles. Malgré une durée de vie un peu courte, et quelques petits problèmes de caméra, ce titre devrait convenir à un très grand nombre de joueurs, grâce à sa maniabilité hors pair, ses puzzles logiques, son environnement graphique et sonore de qualité et l'atmosphère qu'il dégage. Un joli petit bijou d'Orient, sculpté par les orfèvres d'Ubisoft Montréal pendant pas moins de 27 mois, et dont l'éclat ne risque pas de se ternir avant longtemps.
TeamXbox (Nov 13, 2003)
There is no question that Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time has what it takes in terms of gameplay, graphics, and audio to be one of the top five Xbox titles ever. Only the sands of time will tell if it has a theme interesting enough for people to justify a purchase. I mentioned in my opening that the lack of interest I had in Middle Eastern culture and my fascination with Far-Eastern culture made me pass over the original PoP. I hope the tabi-shoe owning gamers out there will have more sense than I did back then and give this one a try. If they don’t, they will possibly be missing the best game they have ever played on the Xbox.
Joypad (Mar, 2004)
PoP est un titre incontournable qui alterne subtilement les séances de combat avec le système de retour dans le temps et les séquences de plate-forme avec de nombreux mécanismes à déjouer.
Edge (Nov 24, 2003)
Some marathon brawls throw 25 or 30 enemies at you in an increasingly exhausting endurance challenge. Although the re-spawning stops once the fight is won, it’s a rare lapse of judgement, and makes for some nasty difficult spikes that are at odds with the flow of the rest of the game. But the rest of the game cannot be commended highly enough. The second best platform game of all time? In Prince of Persia, that’s just for starters.
X-Power (Mar 22, 2004)
Prince Of Persia is erg goed, maar niet de perfecte game. De game is aan de korte kant, maar het grootste probleem is de variatie van de levels. Hoewel de game op geen enkel moment verveelt, krijg je vaak wel het idee dat je een bepaalde truc of puzzel al eerder hebt gedaan in de game. Afgezien daar van is de game een absolute topper, die in geen enkele collectie zal misstaan.
90 (Dec 01, 2003)
You still reading this? Rush out and purchase this game now! Not only does Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time feature the original game as an unlockable, it truly is one of the most amazing games this side of Christmas. It is so good that I have already listed it as one of my games of the year but for those with Xbox and Gamecube consoles, you will be dreadfully disappointed to hear that Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is exclusive to PlayStation 2 and only available next year on other console platforms.
Worth Playing (Dec 11, 2003)
As little as there is wrong with this game I must warn you it is very short. Most people will be able to beat this in under12 hours and veteran gamers can probably do it in under 9 with ease. The original Prince of Persia and Prince of Persia 2 are unlockable, but most likely only hardcore gamers will give these titles the time of day. They also included a segment on the making of the game that I was really excited about until I saw how short it was. Most games don't even include something like, but hopefully others will follow this lead and really show gamers what goes into making great games. This game could have been perfect if only it were longer, but as it stands I would still recommend that everyone give Prince of Persia a well deserved look.
Gaming Target (Jan 07, 2004)
Prince of Persia is what platforming titles have been trying to do for years, but repeatedly failing at. It harkens back to the days of 2D platformers when it was all about getting through the levels alive, as opposed to wandering aimlessly looking for items you needed to collect. Prince of Persia makes no effort to fuse itself with other genres in the way that other platforming titles have done, instead working to perfect the very things that make action platformers so enjoyable. Bravo, Ubi Soft. Bravo.
Gameplanet (Mar 23, 2004)
Sands of Time is the game that you will look back on, years from now, with misty eyes as you recall the pure splendour and sheer enjoyment that the entire experience (beginning to end) has to offer. You'll bore your kids talking about it. It's that good.
90 (Aug 26, 2004)
Prince of Persian: The Sands of Time is truly majestic, an action adventure of the highest quality that ALL Xbox owners should have in their collections. Although not the longest game on the market, every precious minute of this masterpiece is nothing but complete and utter gaming joy. Buy it now!
AceGamez (2004)
The graphics are lovely and the controls are superb, fitting the style of gameplay perfectly. Ubi Soft promised to bring the franchise back to glory and redefine the genre and they have done just that and more. If you were to combine elements of Tomb Raider with a watered down Ico and add in a revolutionary game engine you'd get this (although I'm not suggesting that's what the developers did!) Sands of Time is an amazing title that is easily one of the best third person action games I have ever had the pleasure to play; the story is gripping, the ending is brilliant and, most importantly, the gameplay is top notch. The only thing stopping it from scoring a solid 10 is the sometimes too linear gameplay and fleetingly fast nature of the experience. Nevertheless, this should be very high on your purchase list or your next rental. Either way, get it soon!
It seems that Ubi Soft is defining themselves as one of the top developers on the market today. Taking advantage of the XBox console to deliver a smooth and gorgeous game with lots of bells and whistles PoP never fails to impress. This is one of those games that will be talked about for years to come and go down in history as one of the best of it's type. Definitely not a game to miss out on no matter which console you own. Do yourself a favor and take this game for a whirl, the ten hours you spend going through it will be some of the best this year!
Thunderbolt Games (May 01, 2005)
Sands would have benefited from a few bright and spectacularly different levels to excite our spirits as we push past wondrous obstacles and the lonely darkness that paints mostly everything. But again, even this 'weakness' is a testament to a mood and a realism arrived at properly: after all, we do represent but one man against legions of unfeeling undead, and the much more overwhelming reality of the uncaring world standing unyieldingly in our path. While not perfect, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time offers a poignant, uncommon challenge. Its world awaits, rich, wondrous, indomitable. Will you overcome it?
Gamestyle (May 01, 2006)
By the end of his tale it becomes 'crystal' clear that the Prince has indeed returned - and with the skill of a King. Regardless of title, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time has entered the high court of gaming's royalty. Pretenders and rivals to the throne take note: a new standard by which all adventures shall be measured has been set. And it doesn't include a big set of 'guns'.
Gamekult (Feb 17, 2004)
On a beau pester contre les caméras cocaïnomanes et les combats brouillons, rien ne doit vous empêcher d'embrasser cette aventure majestueuse, véritable démonstration de savoir-faire signée Ubi Soft Montréal. Entre un level design qui relève du génie, un principe de retour en arrière utilisé judicieusement et une jouabilité d'une rare souplesse, Prince of Persia : The Sands of Time est une ode à la simplicité et à l'intelligence, une expérience marquante qui fera date dans le jeu vidéo. Cette version Xbox a même le mérite d'être plus fluide et détaillée que la mouture PS2. On aurait juste aimé que l'aventure soit plus longue, avec un peu moins d'indices facilitant la progression, mais même en l'état, Prince of Persia : The Sands of Time est l'un des jeux de l'année, et même de cette génération.
Gamezine (Nov 23, 2003)
Ubi Soft, très en forme en cette fin d'Année (XIII, BG&E, PoP…) a su redonner vie à un jeu qui avait perdu de sa superbe avec le ridicule Prince of Persia 3D sur Dreamcast et PC. C'est sans aucun doute l'un des meilleurs jeux de la Xbox, si vous avez la possibilité de jouer à des jeux américains sur votre boîte noire, achetez-le immédiatement ! Sinon, attendez 2004 pour sa sortie en France, car fichtre ça vaut le coup d'être prince au moins une fois dans sa vie.
GameSpy (Nov 07, 2003)
To be honest, I never expected to see another major Prince of Persia game released, much less a good one. But here we are in the tail end of 2003 and that's exactly what we're faced with. While the combat's a bit bland and the challenge could stand to be higher, the fact remains that Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is a wonderful rebirth of a classic franchise. To answer the obvious headline, this prince is no pauper.
GameSpot (Nov 10, 2003)
No previous experience with the Prince of Persia series is required to enjoy Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. In fact, virtually nothing will bar you from being impressed by this extremely well-put-together action adventure game from the studio that brought you Splinter Cell and Rainbow Six 3. In stark contrast to Ubisoft Montreal's previous offerings, Prince of Persia is surprisingly easy, despite the incredible acts of skill and daring that the game's main character will routinely perform during the course of the game. As a result, this original, visually stunning game can be highly recommended to just about anyone.
Gamer 2.0 (Apr 26, 2004)
Overall, this game is not something to forget or skip out on. If you enjoy beautiful, fluid, entertaining adventures, then this is your chance to take part in one. In a world of rapidly growing 3D gaming, not a lot of careful detail and originality is taken into consideration with the gaming industry's strict deadlines. This is a carefully made work of art and should serve as an example to other titles for its near flawless gameplay. Prince of Persia will be remembered for years to come.
Overall, the game is so full of character and style that you will find it hard to put the controller down and switch off your Xbox.
Game Revolution (Dec, 2003)
Hi there! My name is Prince, and I am funky! Kidding. Just a little joke of mine. I’m not that Prince. I’m actually a gaming legend, having been around since my first game back in 1989. Those were the days, man. I was on top of the world. A virtual prince among men, you might say.
I enjoyed my time with Sands of Time; the atmosphere, puzzles, and overall design was very well done, but it was never enough to hold my interest for long periods of play - some more variety in the fighting system wouldn't have hurt, though. Not compelling me to play for a long time might have been a good thing, because the game is less than 10 hours long. It's a definite rental, if anything else.
Diehard GameFan (Mar 16, 2004)
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time should appeal to anyone looking for a game with some light puzzle solving and action. The ease of the game’s difficulty and great control scheme opens the doors for just about anybody who wants to play regardless of skill level. Anyone looking for a challenge will find this game a rental at best.
Game Shark (Dec 31, 2003)
Playing Tomb Raider or DareDevil or any other game with this many moves being pulled off so easily and so beautifully would be a blessing and be about time. There are so many things that are combined to make this game as good as it is such as the storyline, voice acting, animation and the final ending scene is the cherry on top. Throw in the two original Prince of Persia games that are available (one by finishing the game and the other by unlocking it) and the Xbox live online ability to download future content, Sands of time is a must have for anyone's game collection.

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